Without a doubt, 2017 has been the best year of my life. I made it my mission to make this year a happy one and I’ve had something to smile for everyday, even if some days have been a little harder and darker than others.
Here’s my 2017 highlights:
Tuesday 31st January: I discovered the beauty of the musical, Evita and now it’s solidly in my top five favourite musicals. I might even go as far as to say it’s my fourth favourite. The music is outstanding and Emma Hatton in the titular role was incredible.
Friday 3rd February: I loved Evita that much that I had to see it again during its visit to Stoke on the UK Tour. I am well and truly obsessed.
Friday 17th February: I took my sister to see Les Miserables in the West End. This marked my tenth visit and her first. Another superb show and my musical-theatre-hating -sister now understands my undying love for Les Mis. This was followed by a night-out in Piccadilly Institute and a four mile walk to High Street Kensington at 3am.
Thursday 23rd February: Despite a four hour train journey and a cancelled train home thanks to Storm Doris, I had an amazing day indulging in an afternoon tea and watching Phantom of the Opera from the front row of the dress circle with Angel. We also met Celinde Schoenmaker after the performance who was a joy, like always. I also met Charlotte Vaughan and Nadim Naaman who I was thrilled to say hello to.
Saturday 18th March: We got dayseats for Wicked which truly was Wicked.
Sunday 19th March: This day marked my first trip to see the School of Rock in the West End which was something else! I’ve never been in so much awe of ten-year-olds than I was sat in the audience of this show. Utterly incredible. Go see it!
Sunday 2nd April: WE BROUGHT OUR LITTLE PUPPY HOME. We welcomed little Oscar to the Poole family and our lives have been a little brighter since.
Wednesday 19th April: Lizzie, Jess and I took to the streets of London as budding tourists. The train track caught fire which resulted in the closure of Euston station. Perhaps I’m not destined for London after all…
Friday 23rd June: My last A-Level and my last day at sixth form college.’
Thursday 6th July: What an insane day!!! Angel and I saw Phantom of the Opera (what a surprise!) and met the phenomenal Celinde afterwards. We even got a backstage tour thanks to Angel.
Tuesday 25th July: Mum took me to London zoo and we saw Aladdin in the evening. It exceeded all expectations and it was a bloody wonderful day. I can’t wait for my next opportunity to see Aladdin again in theatre.
Wednesday 26th July: We saw the Lion King which is a spectacle. I loved every second of it. It was such an incredible spectacle. The Circle of Life and He Lives in You gave me goosebumps.
Wednesday 2nd August: Despite having spent the day prior throwing up like there was no tomorrow, I finally saw Miss Saigon again on its UK tour having waited a year and a half to see it live once more. It was truly stunning and worth the wait. I loved it even more than I did on the West End.
Wednesday 16th August: I saw Miss Saigon in Birmingham for the second time. On this visit, I went with Lizzie. Our friendship started because of our shared love for Miss Saigon so it was wonderful seeing it together. Zoe Doano as Ellen was the sure highlight.
Monday 21st August: I PASSED MY DRIVING TEST! THIS GIRL IS ON THE ROADS.
Friday 25th August – Friday 1st September: I went on holiday to Yorkshire for a week with my family and Oscar. It was his first holiday and he loved it. It was the perfect way to spend my last few weeks with my family before moving to London.
Saturday 2nd September: Phantom cast change. Angel and I managed to get front row tickets for the final performance of our favourite cast. It was heartbreaking but what a show! We met Celinde once more afterwards which was the perfect way to say goodbye to such a talented bunch of people.
Saturday 16th September: I MOVED TO LONDON FOR UNIVERSITY! What an incredible experience it’s been so far. I’ve met the best people and I’m having the best time. I couldn’t have wished for anything better.
Saturday 23rd September: I saw School of Rock again in the West End. What a magical show! I’VE NEVER FELT MORE TALENTLESS. THESE KIDS ARE EVERYTHING I ASPIRE TO BE.
Wednesday 11th October: I saw Evita for the third time. This time, I caught it on its West End run. I took Meg with me who loved it too. It needs permanent residency because I simply can’t get enough.
Thursday 26th October: Meg and I saw the Exorcist in the West End which was probably the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen. We were sat in the upper circle and I jumped more times than I’d like to admit despite being sat far back. I strongly recommend this show!
Monday 6th November: A belated birthday celebration. Katie and I were audience members for The Apprentice: You’re Fired. Claude Littner smiled at me!
Friday 17th November: I attended an intimate gig to see Celinde Schoenmaker and Richard Fleeshman sing some of their original material. They were utterly magnificent. I can’t wait to see what Makerman get up to in 2018.
Saturday 18th November: I went into Central London with Meg with the intention of watching her get tattooed. Due to London laws, I wasn’t allowed to watch so I had four hours to kill. You leave me in London alone… a theatre will definitely be calling my name. I managed to get last minute tickets for Annie which was so much better than I ever imagined it could be.
Monday 20th November: Without a doubt, this was one of the best experiences of my life! I’ve always dreamed of seeing the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and I’ve always wanted to sit in the Royal Albert Hall. Merge the two together with a night at the musicals and you have one very happy Catherine. Oliver Tompsett, Anna-Jane Casey, Celinde Schoenmaker and Alexander Armstrong performed an array of songs from classic musicals and it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever watched.
Friday 15th December: I managed to get my hands on a £10 front row ticket for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie which was one of the best pieces of theatre I’ve seen for a long time. It’s extremely current and you’ll be singing the soundtrack for weeks later. I was so conflicted with emotions when it finished; I didn’t know whether to be happy or sad. Yes yes yes, go see it!
I could have written a novel explaining how I’ve enjoyed 2017. There are so many more days I could have written about but the above will do for now.
As much as I’ve enjoyed 2017, not everyday has been so easy. I sadly lost my Nanna in September after a short illness. Goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again. Miss you xxx